The resident was admitted to the facility with diagnoses that included dementia, multiple sclerosis, seizures and osteoporosis.
The resident’s plan of care called for two staff members and the use of a full body lift. A full body lift utilizes slings and an overhead winch to completely support the entire weight of the resident. For residents who cannot reliably support themselves due to a lack of upper body strength, a full body lift is the only safe option.
Instead of the two person transfer, however, a single staff member attempted to transfer the resident using a sit-to-stand lift. A sit-to-stand lift has handles that the resident holds onto while the machine pulls them to their feet. It requires a significant amount of strength on the part of the resident, who must be able to support their entire weight.
Each diagnosis that the resident has would make a sit-to-stand lift highly questionable. But using a sit-to-stand with a resident that has all four diagnoses makes for a very predictable accident. The resident was unable to support her weight, and she fell to the ground. Her hip was fractured in the nursing home fall.
Grove of Skokie Living and Rehab Administrators claim that the staff member, who is no longer working at the facility, was properly trained and never asked for assistance with the transfer.
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